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Guys and Dolls – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Book: Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows Music & Lyrics: Frank Loesser Director:  Michael Buffong Reviewer: May Mellstrom The Christmas production at the Royal Exchange is always a highlight of the festive period, providing a welcome alternative in the panto season.  Widely regarded as one of the finest Broadway musicals of all time, Guys and Dolls can hardly be considered a ...

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Half Breed – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Writer: Natasha Marshall      Director: Miranda Cromwell Reviewer: Deborah Klayman The only non-white resident of a parochial West Country village, Jazmin finds herself struggling to fit in despite the support of her grandmother and her best friend, Brogan. Finding she stands out for all the wrong reasons in a place permeated by gossip, ignorance and racism, will Jaz ever learn to ...

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Girls – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Theresa Ikoko Director: Elayce Ismail Reviewer: Deborah Klayman How far would you be willing to go to survive? Theresa Ikoko’s award-winning play Girls places three friends in an increasingly dangerous situation that challenges them individually to answer the question, and stretches their relationships, sometimes to breaking point. As the audience enters, Ruhab (Yvette Boakye), Haleema (Anita-Joy Uwajeh) and Tisana ...

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Abuelo – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Amahra Spence in Abuelo at Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Writer: Amahra Spence Director: Daniel Bailey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Abuelo is Grandfather in Spanish and reflects the inspiration for the play, a highly personal exploration by writer and performer Amahra Spence. Spence’s grandfather is, she tellsus, a natural storyteller and she shares some of his stories in a rich Caribbean patois that is, for some audience members, almost impenetrable at ...

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INTERVIEW: Christopher Simpson on Talawa’s TYPT programme

Training and routes into theatre is a hot topic at the moment but, at the Royal Central Scool of Speech and Drama, Talawa Theatre Company are celebrating the 20th year of a flagship training programme. TYPT offers emerging artists aged 18-25 to work with a professional team to create a show in just four weeks. This year Director Christopher Simpson ...

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All My Sons – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Arthur Miller was called up before the House of Unamerican Activities in 1956. Looking at All My Sons, his 1947 play about a hard-working family divided by a son’s idealistic despair with the American Dream, it is not difficult to understand why. With typical proficiency, Miller exposes the shameful artifice of ...

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Moon on a Rainbow Shawl – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Moon on a Rainbow Shawl

Writer: Errol John Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: Paul Couch While Moon on a Rainbow Shawl was described as “groundbreaking” back in 1958, it is essentially a post-war Trinidadian EastEnders; you rather keep expecting Patrick Trueman to come sauntering into the communal yard, perhaps on his way to board the Empire Windrush en route to Tilbury. There’s little to disturb the ...

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NEWS: Colchester Mercury launches 2014 season

Although they had already announced the regional première of Betty Blue Eyes, today Colchester’s Mercury Theatre announced its Spring/Summer season, together with all of its Made in Colchester productions for the whole of 2014. Although Betty Blue Eyes is a major coup for the Essex venue, for Artistic Director Daniel Buckroyd the season offers far more “This is a season ...

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